Ants Ready to Bug Homeowners This Spring


Marin Asher, Director of Marketing & Business Relations
Larue Pest Management, Inc.

(800) 314-8813

Larue Pest Management, Inc. offers pest-prevention tips to keep ants from marching indoors

Fort Myers, FL (4/13/15) – Spring is officially here and with
it comes one of the most persistent warm-weather pests—ants. As
temperatures rise, Larue Pest Management warns that America’s number one
nuisance pest will invade homes across Southwest Florida in search of
food. While most species present problems in people’s pantries and
kitchens, some species can deliver painful bites while others inflict
property damage. According to a survey from the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), more than half of consumers list ants as their top
pest concern.

“As most homeowners know, ants are especially drawn
to the kitchen and their sheer numbers can be daunting” said Keith
Ruebeling, Owner of Larue Pest Management. “White-footed ants are most
likely to invade Southwest Florida homes this spring, but eliminating
food sources can help keep them at bay.”

Of all the U.S. ant
species, carpenter ants and fire ants pose the most risks for
homeowners. Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests,
which can compromise a home’s structural soundness, and fire ants
inflict painful stings in high numbers that can cause anaphylactic shock
in about 2 percent of the population.

Although ant control
can be difficult once they have entered a home, the following
preventative measures can play a major role in helping to avoid

• Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
• Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
• Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
• Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
• Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
• Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
• Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
• Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

If you suspect an ant or any pest infestation in your home, contact a
licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem

more than 700 species of ants in the U.S., many of which create huge
colonies, prevention is the key to an ant-free home,” added Ruebeling.


About Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Since 1978, Larue Pest Management, Inc. has been offering lawn care and pest control in Fort Myers,
Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Sanibel, Cape Coral and all of Lee,
Collier, Hendry and Charlotte counties. Larue’s pest control services
offer year-round pest prevention, including termite, bed bug, mosquito
and ant control for homes and businesses. Their tree, shrub and lawn
care, along with irrigation repair and maintenance services deliver the
proper nutrients and water levels to keep landscapes healthy during dry
or rainy seasons.